Can congenital heart disease cause other problems?
Some people who have congenital heart problems are at a higher risk for other heart problems, including the following:
- Endocarditis: An infection of the heart valves or the lining of the heart chambers
- Pulmonary hypertension: An increase in the blood pressure going to the lungs.
- Arrhythmia: A heart beat that is too fast or too slow, or skips a beat
- Congestive heart failure: A heart that doesn’t pump blood as well as it should, causing fluid to build up in the lungs or body
Caring for Infants with Congenital Heart Disease and Their Families by RB Saenz, M.D., DK Beebe, M.D., and LC Triplett, M.D. (American Family Physician April 01, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/990401ap/1857.html)
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